Why would I be writing about Peter in an introduction to Matthew? Peter has his own books, doesn’t he? Matthew focuses on the development of Peter as a leader and alternates between positive assertions of Peter (example: “You are the Christ!”) and negative foot-in-mouth incidents (Example: when Jesus says, “Get behind me Satan!”). The narrative shows how Peter is developed by Jesus, in spite of his flaws, to be the head of the twelve. This has led some to think that Peter may have been slightly older than the mostly teenaged disciples. He was married, for instance. This should encourage us to know that we do not have to be perfect to be led on by God for the work that he wants us to do.
- How is Peter represented in Matthew?
- Why is Peter a key character?
- How would Peter be prepared for church work?
- Do you agree withCatholic tradition that Peter was the first pope? Why or why not?
- How is Peter an encouragement to modern readers?